Switzerland defence is key to World Cup Betting

26th May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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2010 World Cup Betting is worth casting an eye over the potential of Switzerland. The Swiss finished top of their qualification group, ahead of Portugal and Sweden, and that alone should put them in good stead to make progress at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Switzerland are in Group H of the tournament, drawn alongside Honduras, Chile and Spain, and they look as if they will be the stand out side of stability and efficiency in the group. Spain have the all round quality in defence and attack to beat any other side in the tournament, while Chile and Honduras will likely bring forth a more adventurous attacking form of football. But, as shown through qualification, Switzerland are a steady, controlled and economical side, who may not be the most adventurous of teams in the competition, but they know how to get the job done.

Are the Swiss expected to have holes in their defence? Not if two of their mainstays have anything to do with it. Goalkeeper Diego Benaglio has claimed the number one shirt for his own, and put in some impressive performances during qualification. He knows what sort of a team will be playing in front of him at the World Cup, it will a team which he trusts, and a team full of players who trust one another. That is the strength of the Swiss, their ability to dig deep and tactically counteract what the opposition bring to the party. Wolfsburg star Benaglio, has been bothered with injuries all season long, back is back in time to reclaim his starting shirt, something which even the best bookmakers for betting on the World Cup should take notice of, in match odds. The Swiss, especially with their number one keeper installed, will be a tough side to break down, and a good bet for stealing points in the group stage.

Veteran full back Stephane Grichting is still looking forward to a bright future, after helping his club Auxerre reach the Champions League next season. Grichting may be remembered for the wrong reasons, after being kicked in the stomach at the final whistle of a tumultuous World Cup qualification game against Turkey in 2005. After only being a squad player at Euro 2008, Grichting is back, fitter and stronger than ever,  putting his international faith in Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. Hitzeld is no-nonsense coach who does not look at star status, but wants players who are performing at the top of their game, and that is a clear vindication for Grichting, in not retiring from international football after Euro 2008.

Switzerland’s defence will be their key weapon to take into consideration when studying World Cup Odds, as the incredibly tight unit only let in eight during their qualification. The Switzerland defence, lies down the solid foundation for a conservative approach to games, but one that works for them in being able to shut out attacking teams and absorb a lot of pressure. In a similar story, Switzerland didn’t let in a single group goal at Germany 2006 as they finished first in the race to the second round. However, can Switzerland find the right balance of attack when needed? Can they absorb the pressure of Spain and Chile, and find strength in unity to qualify from Group H?

Switzerland Squad:

Goalkeepers: Diego Benaglio, Johnny Leoni, Marco Woelfli
Defenders: Mario Eggimann, Stephane Grichting, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Philippe Senderos, Christoph Spycher, Steve Von Bergen, Reto Ziegler
Midfielders: Tranquillo Barnetta, Valon Behrami, Gelson Fernandes, Benjamin Huggel, Goekhan Inler, Marco Padalino, Pirmin Schwegler, Xherdan Shaqiri, Hakan Yakin
Strikers: Eren Derdiyok, Alexander Frei, Blaise Nkufo, Marco Streller

Switzerland can next be seen in action in an International Friendly against Costa Rica on June 1st

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